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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Paralegal Studies, Certificate of Proficiency

Effective: Fall, 2016

The Paralegal Studies, Certificate of Proficiency Program can only be completed by individuals who hold an associate or bachelor's degree, as this is an advanced certificate. If you do not hold one of these degrees, we invite you to select our Associates in Applied Science, Paralegal Studies.

This program is approved by The American Bar Association (ABA).  The Certificate in Paralegal Studies is intended to provide graduates with a strong foundation in the areas of legal research and writing, contracts, torts, criminal law, and property law. Graduates are likely to find employment as paralegals under the direction of attorneys (to do otherwise would be practicing law without a license) in law firms, legal departments of large corporations, insurance companies, title companies, legal service companies and federal, state or local courts and governmental agencies.

Unauthorized Practice Law: No person shall engage or assist a person who is not a member of the bar in the performance of activities that constitute the unauthorized practice of law.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Conduct legal research to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, regulations and other legal literature to specific legal problems, and use critical thinking to analyze results of such research.
  • Draft memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents applicable to the field of law being studied.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the paralegal’s role in (i) trial preparation, (ii) trial proceedings, and (iii) settlement negotiations.
  • Investigate and develop the facts of a case, maintain relevant case files, and maintain and organize relevant case file documents, such as correspondence, pleadings, reports and briefs
  • Identify and analyze the ethical issues that arise for the Paralegal Professional.
  • Apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.

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Second Semester (12 credits)

PLG 120 - Legal Research and Writing II3
PLG 140 - Contract Law3
PLG 220 - Real Estate Law3
PLG Elective (3 credits)

Third Semester (6-7 credits)

PLG 210 - Civil Litigation and Tort Principles3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
PLG 199 - Paralegal Experience and Legal Ethics4
PLG 197 - Paralegal Practicum and Legal Ethics3

Fourth Semester (6 credits)

PLG 211 - Civil Litigation and Tort Applications3
ACC 100 - Applied Accounting3

Total Credits: 36-37

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